Kielder named as North East’s ‘greatest place’

Lakeside Way, Kielder.
Lakeside Way, Kielder.

After being nominated by local residents and visitors to the area, Kielder Park has been crowned the greatest place in the North East by an eminent panel of judges and will now go forward to a national public vote to decide England’s Greatest Place.

More than 200 different locations were nominated to win one of the 10 coveted individual regional awards in the England’s Greatest Places competition.

The judges said Kielder Park was an ‘outstanding and worthy winner’, adding: “Kielder is a great place which has been created, managed and enhanced through sensitive planning providing a beautiful and distinctive area, including being one of the first dark sky areas for visitors and the community.”

England’s Great Places is a competition designed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body for planners, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for England’s communities. The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people.

Janet Askew, President of the RTPI, said: “Kielder Park was a popular choice and is clearly a much appreciated and loved place by local people. We wanted to recognise special places like Kielder Park which are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned or have been improved.”

The full list of finalists of the RTPI’s England’s Greatest Place competition are: Letchworth Garden City, East of England; Peak District, East Midlands; Brindley Place, Birmingham, West Midlands; Kings Cross Regeneration, London; Kielder Park, North East; Liverpool Waterfront, North West; Thame High Street, South East; Bath, South West; Bristol, South West and Saltaire, Yorkshire.

A specially commissioned trophy will be presented to the local authority to mark the award. Members of the public can vote for England’s Greatest Place until Friday, November 20, via the website or Tweet or Instagram your vote for Kielder Park to #RTPIgreatplaces